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Black Friday in the UK?

It sounds like a daft question, but I was watching UK TV channels yesterday evening and there were some ads on the upcoming black friday specials. Is this a thing in the UK? I know Amazon tries to make it happen across Europe... but not too many others.

Question I am asking: I happen to be in London on Friday and was wondering if it's worth it and if yes, which shops to go to...
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Old 24.11.2015, 14:19
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It sounds like a daft question, but I was watching UK TV channels yesterday evening and there were some ads on the upcoming black friday specials. Is this a thing in the UK?
It's a new thing in the UK, but in all likelihood won't be anything like the US scale. All else apart, it's not a UK holiday, so customer volumes will be kept down, and there are already half a dozen recognised 'Sale' days through the year, of which this will be just another one.

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Question I am asking: I happen to be in London on Friday and was wondering if it's worth it and if yes, which shops to go to...
Watch the adverts to find out? But honestly I'd think only of looking for things you're specifically wanting, then do some online searches to look for any offers. But I wouldn't expect massive discounts.
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Old 24.11.2015, 14:21
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

Given the mayhem it created in a lot of UK stores last year when they tried it I think a lot of places have decided to give it a miss this year.
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

Last year was the first time it was really promoted her in the UK. As mentioned, some stores are not promoting it this year. One of those not taking part this year is Asda, part of Walmart who are heavily involved in it in the UK.

There were many negative reports last year suck as fighting in stores. Additionally, many of the 'bargains' were actually selling off old stock etc. at no better prices than normally available elsewhere.

My advice, for what it's worth, is check prices in several places first and only buy things that you were going to buy anyway. Don't buy something just because it is being offered as a bargain
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

What will be next?
A British 4th of July?
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Old 24.11.2015, 14:35
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

Why not? We've already got Halloween and Black Friday. It'll be Thanksgiving next too.
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Why not? We've already got Halloween and Black Friday. It'll be Thanksgiving next too.
Thanksgiving would be a wonderful festival to introduce into the British calendar. What's there not to love about it?
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Old 24.11.2015, 14:43
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We could make a nod to the Welsh by including leeks in the dinner.

It would be great!
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Why not? We've already got Halloween and Black Friday. It'll be Thanksgiving next too.
Halloween isn't really American in origin though is it? IIRC the origins are Celtic.
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

Is there a dress code?


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Halloween isn't really American in origin though is it? IIRC the origins are Celtic.


Details, details, any customs can be traced back to vague pre-customs.


Like calling every dish with tomatoes inherently South American cuisine.




The modern Halloween celebrated has become popular through American style media.
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The modern Halloween celebrated has become popular through American style media.
I thought it was because of "slutty nurse" costumes...
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Old 24.11.2015, 15:29
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

If we keep importing all this American stuff we may as well apply to become the 51st State. Give me fair warning though. Having gotten rid of my American citizenship once I don't want to reacquire it again.
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It sounds like a daft question, but I was watching UK TV channels yesterday evening and there were some ads on the upcoming black friday specials. Is this a thing in the UK? I know Amazon tries to make it happen across Europe... but not too many others.

Question I am asking: I happen to be in London on Friday and was wondering if it's worth it and if yes, which shops to go to...


I think some department stores have a limited go at it but it was a bit (!) mad when it happened last year. Online stores have more of a go of it, Amazon UK in particular.
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Old 24.11.2015, 16:03
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I thought it was because of "slutty nurse" costumes...


hahaha, that's old school. "Slutty Nurseque" costumes were so 90's!
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

I received this mail from Manor Switzerland, (How do they know me?)

Nur diesen Freitag 27. November 2015 profitieren Sie von 30%* Rabatt bei Ihrer Manor mit der Manor Karte. Sichern Sie sich noch heute Ihren 30%* Coupon, um von dieser Aktion profitieren zu können! Falls Sie noch keine Manor Karte besitzen, so können Sie diese am Freitag den 27.11. im Warenhaus sofort beantragen und sogleich von den 30%* Rabatt profitieren!

Längere Öffnungszeiten nur am 27.11.2015:
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I received this mail from Manor Switzerland, (How do they know me?)

Nur diesen Freitag 27. November 2015 profitieren Sie von 30%* Rabatt bei Ihrer Manor mit der Manor Karte. Sichern Sie sich noch heute Ihren 30%* Coupon, um von dieser Aktion profitieren zu können! Falls Sie noch keine Manor Karte besitzen, so können Sie diese am Freitag den 27.11. im Warenhaus sofort beantragen und sogleich von den 30%* Rabatt profitieren!

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true... but only 10%off for electro stuff, ie: phones, tablets,etc,etc. that little * after the 30%, has a lot to answer for !!
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

One of my wonderful ex students from the UK posted this on her FB today. I am 100% with her:

If tomorrow is Black Friday, does that explain why this could be 'let's all shove each other about and be grumpy and aggressive Thursday?'
Really, haven't the last couple of weeks, months, years etc taught humans anything?
It's not you lot, I know.
I just took a small gift and thank you card to the kind bus driver who picked up my phone from the road, a couple of weeks ago, then delivered it back to me. I hope it brings him a smile.
I wish people would just calm down, all this 'stuff' doesn't really matter.
Love and peace xxLisa
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Old 26.11.2015, 19:19
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Re: Black Friday in the UK?

I believe it's a special UK and USA festival where poor people gather to fight over stuff that is not really any cheaper than it was yesterday but today it has a discount sticker on it? The media gather to film the event so that foreigners and rich people can laugh.

The government pay every-bodies social benefit money on grey Thursday and then get it all back in tax on black Friday and the poor people get to have a 42 inch LED TV in the kitchen but nothing to eat until next benefit day.

Something like that?
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